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Will Your Range Hold Up For Holiday Cooking?

Walton Gas reminds that November is the best time to shop for a new natural gas oven, stove or range.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens! With the holidays almost here, your kitchen appliances are about to get their biggest workout of the year.

Will your oven have the big bird roasted on time for Thanksgiving dinner? Is your range up to the job of cooking a holiday feast for the family? Nothing will put a damper on a holiday feast quite like the death of an old appliance.

Now is your last chance before the holidays to snag a great deal on gas appliances.

If you’re considering buying a new gas stove or converting from an electric to gas range, now is your last chance before the holidays to snag a great deal. You’ll find some bargain prices at this time of year. Plus, new kitchen appliances equipped with latest technology and features can make cooking more pleasurable.

Walton Gas provides these tips for buying the appliances that will help you successfully cook your way through the holidays.

1. Shop this month

The best time to buy major appliances — kitchen and otherwise — is in the fall when manufacturers unveil their latest models. To make room for these, stores discount their year-old appliances.

The deals can get even sweeter when a holiday sale is involved. Major appliance sales tend to correspond with holidays, especially those associated with three-day weekends. Great deals can be found in November. If you can wait, great deals can also be found on Black Friday.

2. Heed the signs

The only thing worse than an overcooked turkey is an undercooked one. Pay attention to these signs that may signal impending death for your cooking appliance.

  • Items don’t cook or bake in the amount of time they should.
  • Error codes show on the stove’s display screen.
  • Burners don’t heat properly, or at all. On gas stoves, if the flame is no longer blue or flickers or sparks from blue to red to yellow, it may be time for a replacement.
  • Glass on the oven door is cracked.
  • It’s over 15 years old.

Danger sign: You smell gas

That rotten egg smell indicates there’s a gas leak somewhere between the gas source and the stove. This is a serious problem that requires immediate attention for your safety. DO NOT turn on your stove. Exit the area immediately and leave the door open. Call Atlanta Gas Light at 877.427.4321 or 911 once you are out of the area and in a safe place.

3. Make the switch

Up your cooking game by making the switch from electric to gas. If you already have a capped gas line in your kitchen, an installer can easily hook up your new gas range, stove or oven. If you have an existing gas line but it’s too far from where you plan to install the new appliance, you’ll need a licensed plumber to run a new line. Today’s gas stoves also require electricity to ignite the burners. A licensed electrician can convert your existing wiring configuration to accommodate gas cooking appliances.

4. Know before you go

If you head out to shop for a new stove or range without a good idea of what you want or need, prepare to be overwhelmed. Some stores have as many as 60 models to choose from right on the showroom floor. The variety of features available can number in the hundreds. Before you go, take a look at websites such as Consumer Reports to learn more about the features, performances and prices of current models. Tip: Don’t be afraid to check out professional-grade gas ranges. Some of the top-rated ones have a median price point.

5. Stay open to options

While doing your homework, be sure to read up on these on-trend options that can help make holiday cooking a snap:

  • Flexibility – At least one manufacturer is offering a removable barrier that divides the oven in half, allowing you to cook at two different temperatures.
  • Connectivity – Many models are now equipped with WiFi and apps that will let use your smartphone to adjust the time and temperature of the oven remotely.
  • No preheat – A special setting lets you bake foods without having to preheat.
  • Better burners – Newer models now have more burners, including a mix of high-power and low-output simmer burners, an oval burner for larger pots and a griddle option.
  • Continuous grates – Slide heavy cookware from one burner to another with no heavy lifting.
  • Convection cooking technology – If you want a gas range with a convection oven, look for dual-fuel options.

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Natural Gas Vehicles

Natural Gas Vehicles Gaining in Popularity 

Gassing up the car is increasingly taking on new meaning in the Peach State and around the nation.

Use of natural gas for transportation is growing worldwide. In the next few years, North America is expected to see some of the fastest growth due to the fuel’s abundance and low cost here.

Up to now, Americans have been slow to adopt the natural gas vehicle (NGV) trend that has been popular in other natural gas-rich countries for several years. There are currently about 250,000 NGVs on the nation’s road today – less than 0.1% of total U.S. vehicles. Most of those are heavy- and medium-duty vehicles used as city transit buses, refuse trucks and delivery vans.

Sales of light-duty NGVs for personal transportation are on the upswing, however. U.S. carmakers are offering more natural gas-powered models. At the same time, refueling is becoming easier and more convenient as options for gassing up NGVs at home or at public stations increase throughout Georgia.

Natural Gas Vehicle FAQs

What is a natural gas vehicle?

A natural gas vehicle is designed to be environmentally and economically friendly. These vehicles can be powered by two forms of natural gas: compressed natural gas or liquid natural gas. Vehicles can either be dedicated to run on natural gas only, or a dual-fuel vehicle to run on gasoline and diesel as well.

How does a NGV compare to conventional vehicles?

The horsepower, acceleration and cruise speed of NGVs are comparable with those of equivalent conventional vehicles. Also, compared with conventional diesel and gasoline vehicles, NGVs offer other air-quality benefits.

What are the benefits of driving an NGV?

Fuel savings – The U.S. is a major producer of natural gas. This abundant domestic supply has driven down the price of natural gas, which typically keeps prices lower than that of oil or other alternative energy sources.

Environmental benefits – Some studies indicate they produce up to 90% fewer emissions than conventional fuels and reduce greenhouse gases 20-29% over diesel and gasoline.

Reduced maintenance costs – In some cases, oil change intervals for NGVs may be extended since natural gas burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel. Also, because natural gas engines have practically no carbon build-up, it is not uncommon for them to last longer than gasoline and diesel engines.

How long have NGVs been around?

The use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in Italy in the 1930s, followed by New Zealand in the 1980s. It has been used as a fuel for U.S. fleet vehicles for more than a decade.

Where are NGVs more commonly driven?

The U.S. trails behind many other countries in its use of natural gas-powered vehicles. Worldwide, there were about 24.5 million NGVs by 2016, led by China (5 million), Iran (4 million), India and Pakistan (3 million), and Argentina (2.2 million). Brazil and Italy also have more than 1 million each on their roads.

Where can I buy an NGV?

Honda, GM and Dodge are currently manufacturing NGV sedans and pickup trucks for personal transportation. Check with local dealers for pricing and options. There are also a number of conversion options for light-duty vehicles.

If I buy an NGV, where can I refuel it?

There are more than 20 public alternative fuel stations in Georgia — most of them in and around Atlanta. Refer to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center for the locations of natural gas refueling stations in Georgia and throughout the U.S.

NGV owners also have the option of purchasing their own refueling appliance, which provides the convenience of gassing up right in their own driveway. Walton Gas customers can have these appliances connected to the existing natural gas line at your house. Many say they are as easy and safe to operate as a gas range.

Learn More About Natural Gas Vehicles

U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center

5 Reasons the Professionals Love Cooking with Gas

Cooking with gas
Have you been binge watching Food Network in search of a fabulous Valentine’s Day meal idea? A great recipe is certainly important, but how you cook it matters too, say professional chefs.

In a survey conducted among 100 professional chefs across the U.S., 96 reported that they prefer using a gas range for heir culinary creations. Walton Gas shares these five reasons the professionals love cooking with natural gas.

1. Fast Start

You can whip up a meal in a hurry because gas burners reach the correct temperature immediately when ignited. “Plus the change in heat levels is instantaneous,” says Christopher Kimball, founder and host of America’s Test Kitchen. Preparing a meal faster means you’ll use less energy, too.

2. Quick Cool

Gas burners cool quickly, allowing you to take a rolling boil down to a simmer in no time flat. This ensures that delicate dishes, like sauces, aren’t spoiled by a slow response time. A fast cool-down can mean the difference between a perfect, creamy consistency and a runny failure.

3. Greater Control

Seventy-two percent of the professional chefs surveyed cited greater control over temperature as one of the primary reasons for their preference. “Gas tends to have many settings, because you can turn the control knobs in tiny increments,” says chef Bruce Mattel, senior associate dean for culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America. Patterned after models prized by professional chefs, today’s residential gas ranges offer super-low simmer settings among many features.

4. Even Heat Distribution

The flames on a gas cooktop are central so they heat pans evenly.  There are no cool spots that result in undercooking or hot spots to cause scorching.

5. Economical

Cooking with natural gas is economical. Most new models of natural gas cooking equipment use an electronic spark ignition, rather than a continuously burning pilot. This saves as much as 30 percent on energy costs.

You don’t have to be a professional to cook like one. This Valentine’s Day, whip up your famous beef Bourguignon or try out that new recipe for paella on a natural gas range — just like the pros. 

Natural Gas vs. Propane: What’s Best for Your Home?

What’s the difference between natural gas and propane? Does it matter which I choose? We hear these questions a lot at Walton Gas. Read on as Jeff Paul, one of our residential energy advisors, answers consumers’ frequently asked questions about natural gas versus propane for your home.

Are natural gas and propane the same thing?

Though both are fossil fuels, they are chemically different. Natural gas is extracted from he ground. It consists primarily of methane and sometimes includes small quantities of propane, butane and other gases, usually prior to refining. Natural gas is transported to homes and buildings by underground utility pipelines, and remains in a gaseous state from its production all the way to the stovetop or furnace. Propane is extracted from crude oil and petroleum gas during their refinement processes. It is sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It is almost always sold in tanks of various sizes.

I currently use propane. What are the advantages of changing to natural gas?

Propane prices can rise quickly when supplies get tight in winter. Propane requires you to have a storage tank on your property, and you have to pay your supplier every time it's filled. With natural gas, you don’t need a storage tank. It is delivered to your home through underground pipes as you need it. You pay for natural gas only after you use it.

Which costs less?

Propane is processed from natural gas, and this processing factor contributes to its higher cost compared to natural gas. With the competitive rates offered by Walton Gas, natural gas provides the most for your energy dollar month after month. Take a look at Our Prices and compare them to the energy source you’re using now. Plus, Walton Gas allows you to lock in a great low rate, so you are never surprised by your energy bills.

Which energy fuel offers the greatest convenience?

In our area, many homes are constructed with natural gas pipes already installed. All you need to do is turn on your service to always have a steady supply. Since propane comes in tanks that have to be refilled periodically, you’re always at risk of running out — just when company is coming for dinner or it’s cold outside.

Will natural gas or propane add to my home’s resale value?

Real estate professionals tell us that natural gas is an added amenity homebuyers appreciate. These days, natural gas cooktops are especially in high demand thanks to the popularity of TV cooking shows.

How do I choose the best natural gas appliances for my home?

At Walton Gas, we want you to get the most out of your residential natural gas service. A big part of that is choosing the best appliances for your home. Fortunately, most natural gas appliances are low-maintenance and have excellent energy efficiency. Before heading out to the stores to shop, visit the ENERGY STAR website run by the EPA to learn how to choose energy-efficient products. When you buy natural gas appliances with an ENERGY STAR rating, you are getting highly energy-efficient products that can help to lower your monthly operating costs without a compromise in performance.

How can I save money when buying new natural gas appliances?

If you’re making the switch from propane to natural gas, Walton gas (through Atlanta Gas Light) currently offers rebates on select appliances. Don’t miss this: Through Dec. 31, 2017, Rinnai is offering 0% interest free financing on its tankless water heaters.

Is it difficult to convert from propane to natural gas?

Switching your propane furnace, boiler, water heater, range or dryer to natural gas is easy. You may not have to buy new appliances. A qualified contractor can adjust your propane appliances to run on natural gas. Locate a qualified natural gas contractor or call us toll-free at 866.WEM.CGAS (866.936.2427).

Benefits of a Gas Grill

People weigh the pros and cons and scrutinize different types of grills before they make a choice as to what is right for them. We can’t tell you which grill is right for you, but we can tell you the benefits of a gas grill, and you can decide if that fits with your life. So check out below what you get with a gas grill!

What do you need to know about gas grills?

A gas grill is powered by natural gas, so it is connected to valve regulators in your house. These regulators determine how much gas goes through the valve and to the burners. To start the grill, you use a push-button or rotating knob, and you can control the temperature of the grill through the knob.

What are the benefits of a gas grill?

Convenience with Fuel

With a natural gas grill, you are hooked up to your power source because it is your gas line. This means you will never run out of fuel (unless you forget to pay your gas bill).

Price of Fuel

A natural gas grill is different from other grilling options because you don’t have to go out and buy fuel separately. Your fuel simply comes from your natural gas line, which can make it a more cost effective option.

Ease of use

You don’t have to worry about a lot of effort when you are lighting a gas grill; you simply turn a knob and press a button. A gas grill is easy to light and easy to control the temperature because with just the turn of a knob you get exactly the temperature you need. A gas grill is also really easy to clean because there are no leftover ashes.

There are a lot of options for a grill, so weigh the pros and cons before you jump into a purchase. However, a natural gas grill is always an option, and it may just be the right option for you!

Trying to Fuel Your Business?

Running a business can be stressful. You don’t want to have to worry about whether or not you have a reliable natural gas partner. Walton Gas can give you peace of mind and confidence allowing you to focus on what you do best.

At Walton Gas, we provide reliable services, competitive pricing, and outstanding customer support. We offer convenient bill paying options like online billing and bank draft to simplify paying your bill. Our bills are easy to understand, and we don’t play games with hidden charges or fees.

As long as you are on the Atlanta Gas Light pipeline, we can meet your needs. Interested in inquiring about fueling your business? Check out the contact information below, and give one of our friendly reps a call.

Small Commercial Inquires

If you are currently using another provider and your business uses less than 40,000 annual therms, please contact:

Jenny Serda at 404.333.2081
Philip Peters at 770.500.5256

Large Commercial Inquires

We may have special rates for businesses that use more than 40,000 therms per year. For assistance with commercial or industrial gas service, please contact:

Jenny Serda  at  404.333.2081
Scott Walker  at  678.639.3222

Let us know how we can help you and power your business to succeed. Contact Walton Gas to learn more about your energy options!

What is Natural Gas Used For?

You probably know that natural gas is a source of energy, and you might know that one fourth of all energy consumption in the United States is natural gas. However, you may wonder, other than heating homes, what is natural gas used for?

Natural gas has many different uses other than merely heating a home. Some of these include cooking, drying clothes, cooling a home or building, and even fueling cars.

Cooking

Cooking with natural gas gives you the advantage of precise control of heating your food with burners that can immediately be adjusted. Gas stoves are energy efficient, giving you a cost effective option.

Drying Clothes

Natural gas dryers are always an appliance option if your current dryer is in need of an upgrade. Reducing the amount of shrinkage and static cling you never have to worry about your clothing. There is no need to worry about emissions because natural gas dryers are eco-friendly.

Cooling Your Home

You think of natural gas when you think of heating your home, but cooling it? It’s true! Natural gas can be used to cool your home. There are gas-powered air conditioning units! You can cool your home with efficiency while being environmentally friendly.

Fueling Your Car

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) has been explored as an alternative to gasoline for fueling our vehicles. Many commercial fleets have already made the switch to CNG to fuel their vehicles. CNG is an option over gasoline which is better for our wallets and the environment, so be on the lookout for this option!

Those are some of the main uses of natural gas. This is a source of energy that people use more than you think! If you have any questions about natural gas, you can always Contact Us!

How to Convert Your Home to Natural Gas

Natural gas is the most popular fuel in the United States. Around 56 percent of US households are heated by natural gas. Thinking about converting your home? It’s not as strenuous as it sounds. We’ve broken the process down to five steps. The good news is, most of these steps are done by professionals, all you have to do is make the decision to convert and hire a reliable contractor.

Follow this step by step guide to converting your home to natural gas:

  1. Check for gas availability in your area: You can do this by going online or calling your gas company. Ask every question you can think of. Make sure you ask if installation of the service line is free, because it usually is. Don’t make any assumptions about this process; it’s a big project and you’re going to want to know everything that’s going to happen to your home.
  2. Inquire about options and offers: Talk to your heating contractor about equipment options and special offers. Ask about a furnace for heat and a boiler for hot water. These appliances are generally $1,500 to $3,000; which is a bargain compared to oil systems, which could cost up to $8,000.
  3. Map it out: Your utility company will come map out your property to find the optimal route for the new gas service. They will identify your phone, sewer, water and electrical lines. In addition, you should mark where any underground sprinklers, septic and oil tanks are.
  4. Installation of the service line: It’s time for the service line to be installed from the street to your home. Make sure you ask your company what their services include regarding your yard. Most companies will fill in holes they’ve dug; however, they aren’t responsible for lawn care. Find out what they will do once the project is complete.
  5. Equipment Installation: This is one of the very last steps in converting your home to natural gas. All gas equipment (i.e. your furnace) will be installed in your home.

Sometimes there are special permits that you need in order to convert your home. You’re heating contractor/utility company will take care of this for you. They will figure out what needs to be done prior to installing your equipment. If there is gas near your property, installations can take up to four to six weeks, depending on the permit approval process.

You are sure to save money in the long run by switching your home to natural gas. Check out our other blogs for more information about the benefits of natural gas. 

Natural Gas Appliances

Natural gas may seem like an old-school way to fuel your home’s appliances, but we are here to tell you otherwise. Some people choose to run on electric because they think it’s cheaper and more eco-friendly. It is true that electric appliances can be less expensive initially, but it’s actually costing them more in the long run. According to the United States Department of Energy, natural gas costs 68 percent less, so long as you already have gas lines leading to your appliances. You can see how this would save you money as time goes on.

You may be wondering if natural gas is bad for the environment and we can assure the contrary. Natural gas is considered the cleanest fossil fuel; it is efficient, reliable, economic and environmentally friendly. In fact, natural gas air conditioning is becoming more popular because it is eco-friendly and efficient. It cools your home faster than any other form of air conditioning.

On the warmer side of things, natural gas furnaces have been around much longer and have a popular following because they are known to heat your house quicker than the other methods. The American Gas Association found that 56 percent of U.S. households use natural gas heating.

Other natural gas-powered appliances include water heaters, stoves, dryers, fire places and grills. People prefer gas water heaters for constant hot water and they prefer gas stoves for precision cooking. You can always count on a gas appliance in your home.

With natural gas fueled appliances comes great responsibility. Make sure you are keeping your home safe by having your appliances checked regularly. Keep combustible items away from gas appliances to prevent fires and never keep flammable products in the same room or near appliances that produce heat.

 If you have further questions about the safety of your gas appliances, you can contact your gas company or refer to Walton Gas’ other blog posts.

Natural Gas Power Plant Efficiency

Natural gas power plant

Natural gas power plants are a highly efficient form of power plant that is used to generate electricity. They have many advantages over other power plants. 

There are three forms of natural gas power plants. These are steam generation, simple cycle and combined cycle.

Steam generation power plants use natural gas to heat water and the resulting steam to spin a turbine that generates electricity. They are about 35% efficient in converting heat to electricity.

Simple cycle power plants burn natural gas and use the byproducts to rotate the turbine. They are useful during periods of high demand for electricity because they can be started up quickly, and are about 35-40% efficient.

Combined cycle power plants use both simple cycle turbines and a heat recovery steam generator. The heat recovery steam generator makes use of waste heat to maximize the efficiency of the process. Combined cycle power plants are approximately 60% efficient.

Natural gas simple cycle and combined cycle power plants are considerably more efficient than solid fuel power plants. Coal power plants rarely exceed 40% efficiency, and even the most advanced plants do not exceed 50%. Nuclear power plants operate at less than 35% efficiency.

Natural gas power plants do produce carbon dioxide, but they are far more environmentally friendly than solid fuel power plants. Air pollution from coal power plants is responsible for approximately 13,000 premature deaths in the U.S. each year. Nuclear power plants produce radioactive waste that has catastrophic consequences if it escapes containment, and must be stored securely for thousands of years.

Natural gas power plants can also be built much more swiftly than solid fuel power plants. Depending on the form of plant, they take between 18 and 36 months to build. The comparable construction time for solid fuel plants, however, is approximately 72 months.